With the maximum allocation for Pell Grants preserved in the latest round of the budget showdown–despite much political football and an earlier House appropriations bill that threatened to dramatically slash them–Democrats and education advocates are breathing a tempered sigh of relief, the Huffington Post reports.

“We had to make some very painful cuts in this bill to meet our allocation. So I am very pleased we could minimize the damage in education, maintain the maximum Pell Grant award and actually provide some increases for Head Start, Title I, special education and Promise Neighborhoods,” Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a member of the senate appropriations committee, said in an a statement to the Huffington Post…

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